Radio

Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

COMING UP: Colin James and Adam Driver

COMING UP: Colin James and Adam Driver

A Canadian blues icon and a celebrated actor join George in his home.

Past Shows

 

 

News Promo
AWESOME THING OF THE DAY: Rio 2016’s Green-Power Artificial Waterfall
August 6, 2012
submit to reddit

Last week CBC/Radio-Canada announced it has won Canadian media rights for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. That's still a few years away, but here's a sneak preview of one amazing piece of architecture that is expected to feature prominently at the 2016 Games: an artificial waterfall designed to generate electricity for the Olympic village, as well as offering a great view for tourists.

solar-city-feature-1.jpg

The 345-foot tower, designed by Swiss firm RAFAA (who created the renderings on this page), has solar panels at its base that will provide power to the city and the Games. The waterfall itself will also provide extra energy to batteries in the base by running a turbine. Water for the falls will be pumped up from the sea - but it will only be turned on for special occasions.

solar-city-feature-2.jpg

As well as generating power (and looking awesome), the tower houses an amphitheatre, cafeteria and observation deck, as well as a bungee-jumping station. According to Grist.org, the tower won't enable Rio 2016 to become the first zero-emissions games. But, they say, it will be "one Olympic spectacle that can, at very least, power itself".

solar-city-feature-3.jpg

solar-city-feature-4.jpg

solar-city-feature-5.jpg

Related stories on Strombo.com:

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Olympics (8-Bit Style)

CHEAT SHEET: Hopes And Fears For The Rio+20 Conference Including David Suzuki

Comments

Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.